KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has assured Ukraine of continuing U.S. support and announced the release of an additional $190 million in U.S. aid to help support Ukrainian reforms.
Biden, speaking Monday on a trip to the Ukrainian capital, also emphasized the need for Russia to fully meet its obligations under February's Minsk agreement that was intended to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine and the West have accused Russia of backing the rebels in eastern Ukraine with troops and weapons.
Biden also declared that the U.S. will never accept Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.
Speaking after his talks with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, Biden urged the Ukrainian leadership to continue on the path of reforms and ramp up the fight against corruption.